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LITERATURE: Events with Kaori Fujino / Northfield, Minneapolis, MN; Iowa City, IA

10/05/2017 - 10/20/2017

Kaori Fujino is a fiction writer whose works explore the horrors that lurk behind everyday life. In 2013 she received the Akutagawa Prize for her novella Tsume to me (Nails and Eyes). She is a 2017 Fall  Resident of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program. A series of public events presenting Fujino's works are supported by the Institutional Project Support (IPS) program.

Readings and Discussions by Kaori Fujino

October 5, 4:30 PM
Carleton College
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October 6, 3:30 PM
University of Minnesota
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The 40th American Literary Translators Association Conference: "The Fiction of Kaori Fujino:Translation and Collaboration"
October 7, 9:00 AM
Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown Hotel
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The Iowa City Book Festival:Panel on Works by Kaori Fujino
October 14, Time TBD
Various Locations in and around Downtown
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Bilingual Readings of Works by Kaori Fujino

October 16, 7:00 PM
October 17, 7:00 PM
University Capitol Centre, Room 1117
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Shambaugh House Reading Series

October 20, 5:00 PM
Shambaugh House
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Events with Hiro Mashima / New York, NY

10/05/2017 - 10/07/2017

Award-winning manga artist Hiro Mashima, known for his bestselling series Fairy Tail, comes to Japan Society and New York Comic Con. The epic fantasy series, which has sold over 60 million copies worldwide, follows the rambunctious wizard's guild Fairy Tail through adventures in a stunning variety of settings, with a mind-boggling array of colorful characters. Mashima, also renowned for his long-running series Rave Master, joins to discuss the works that have captured the imaginations of fans around the world. The events are co-organized by The Japan Foundation, New York.

October 5, 6:30 PM
Japan Society
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October 6, 2:30 PM
New York Comic Con at Javits Center

October 7, 11:00 AM
New York Comic Con at Javits Center
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The Art of Japanese Calligraphy - Talk by Takeo Ichimura / Fredericksburg, VA

10/04/2017

Takeo Ichimura will give a talk about Japanese calligraphy at the University of Mary Washington. This event is supported by the Institutional Project Support - Small (IPS Small) program, and is free and open to the public.
The lecture takes place on Wednesday, October 4, 4pm at University of Mary Washington, Lee Hall, Room 411 (Fredericksburg, VA).

EXHIBITION: Fantasy in Japan Blue / Washington, DC

10/03/2017 - 11/12/2017

In honor of Japan's historic ties to the Kennedy Center and its support of the newly renovated Terrace Theater, world leader in textile design and production Reiko Sudo brings her internationally acclaimed textiles to the Hall of States in a six-week exhibition. Sudo is the co-founder, CEO, and design director of Nuno Corporation, a company that has been crafting some of the world's most extraordinary textiles since 1984. 

EXHIBITION: The Gift of Dolls / Rochester, NY

09/30/2017 - 11/14/2017

The 1927 Friendship Doll Exchange created a bond of friendship between Japanese and American schoolchildren. On the 90th anniversary of the exchange, this exhibit celebrates the "Miss Nagasaki" Ambassador Doll and other objects that give us hope for the future. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Miss Nagasaki Ambassador Doll, courtesy of the Rochester Museum & Science Center]

PERFORMANCE: TAIKOPROJECT ALL-STARS Tours New Mexico / Farmington, NM; Silver City, NM; Alamo, NM; Magdalena, NM; Socorro, NM

09/29/2017 - 10/06/2017

TAIKOPROJECT ALL-STARS, based in Los Angeles, will tour to three New Mexico communities, presenting public performances, interactive workshops and school assemblies this fall. TAIKOPROJECT has dazzled stage and screen audiences for more than 15 years, uniting ancient Japanese tradition with 21st century American innovation, in a unique contemporary blend of Taiko, music, storytelling and choreography. This tour is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Tour Schedule
September 29: Performance & Lecture-Demonstration at the Henderson Fine Arts Center, San Juan College (Farmington, NM)
October 4 & 7: Lecture-Demonstration & Performance at Western New Mexico University Fine Arts Center (Silver City, NM)
October 5: Lecture-Demonstration at the Alamo-Navajo School Gym (Alamo, NM) & the Magdalena School Gym (Magdalena, NM)
October 5: Workshop at Macey Center (Socorro, NM)
October 6: Performance at Macey Center (Socorro, NM)

[Photo: Courtesy of the artists]

PERFORMANCE: Shakuhachi and Ichigenkin: Discovery in a Single Tone / Montclair, NJ; Annandale-On-Hudson, NY; Hartford, CT; Katonah, NY; New York, NY; Colorado Springs, CO; Pittsburgh, PA; Lexington, KY; Memphis, TN; Nashvillem TN; Murfreesboro, TN

09/28/2017 - 10/21/2017

This tour by Elizabeth Brown (shakuhachi), Ralph Samuelson (shakuhachi) and Issui Minegishi (ichigenkin), brings together two traditional Japanese instruments that share an underlying aesthetic concept: the discovery of the world that lies within one note, one sound. The program combines traditional works steeped in the aesthetic of Zen Buddhism with new compositions such as Brown's autumn comes round again, which sets tanka poetry written by survivors of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The tour is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Please visit this website for the detailed tour schedule. 

[Photo: Courtesy of the artists]

PERFORMANCE: Bringing Japanese Culture to the Heart of the Bluegrass: A Kyogen Workshop, Lecture, and Performance / Lexington, KY

09/26/2017

In collaboration with Noh Society in New York, the University of Kentucky will host a program consisting in three activities of Kyogen: a workshop, a lecture, and a performance. All activities will be directed by three Kyogen performers from Japan. The workshop and lecture will be held on the University of Kentucky campus during the day, while the Kyogen performance will be presented at Lexington Public Library Theater in the evening. This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

CULTURAL EVENT: JapanFest Atlanta 2017 / Duluth, GA

09/16/2017 - 09/17/2017

The largest Japanese festival in the Southeast, JapanFest is an annual celebration of Japanese culture. The programming includes hands-on workshops, performing arts, demonstrations, exhibitions by Japanese or Japan-related artists and organizations, and many more. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The festival takes place on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 at Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097

FILM: Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival / Pittsburgh, PA

09/15/2017 - 09/24/2017

Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival is an annual event showcasing films from India, Japan, China, Turkey, Lebanon, South Korea, Iraq, Philippines, and Iran. This year's lineup includes 3 Japanese films: Close-Knit directed by Naoko Ogigami (2017), Harmonium directed by Koji Fukada (2016), and Himeanole directed by Keisuke Yoshida (2016). This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The film festival takes place from September 15 to 24 at various venues in Pittsburgh, PA. For the complete lineup and schedule, please visit the festival's website.

[Image: Harmonium]

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